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When I Was A Donk: With James Calderaro

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Aug 29, 2018


In this series, Card Player asks top pros to rewind back to their humble beginnings and provide insights regarding the mistakes, leaks, and deficiencies that they had to overcome in order to improve their games. James Calderaro started his career in the nightclub industry, running several successful businesses before switching his focus to poker. The New York-native was purely a gambler to start, but quickly realized he had a knack for the game. Now with more than a decade in the game, the 52-year-old has racked up more than $4 million in live tournament earnings. He has made four World Poker Tour final tables, having finished runner-up in both the 2012 WPT bestbet Jacksonville main event, and the 2014 WPT bestbet Jacksonville Spring Open, before breaking through for his first win in the 2014 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open. Calderaro’s biggest score came when he won his first World Series ...

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